Pramodhya Gunarathna – Profile

Pramodhya Gunarathna – Profile

Pramodhya is just 14 but has already traveled to India to take part in a karate competition two years ago. Being a genius in martial arts did not affect her artistic talents. She is a good singer, dancer and an electronic organ player. She did not have professional teachers for any of these disciplines but the young all-rounder doesn’t take “no” as an answer. Whatever she ventures into, she does it to perfection.

Prabodha, a proud winner of many a karate medal

Pramodhya hails from Mahawilachchiya, a rural village in Anuradhapura where academic opportunities are less even though there are a few public schools. This is why she joined Horizon Academy in Mahawilachchiya run by the Horizon Lanka Foundation www.horizonlanka.org as she knew well her aesthetic and sporting talents would be recognized there.

Pramodhya trying a selfie

Pramodhya is the second daughter of a family of three children and both her parents are farmers. Father took a gamble in going to work in Iraq for some time to ensure that his family has a better opportunity to survive but what he got in turn was not enough with what he sacrificed, being away from the family in an extremely dangerous environment. Once he returned to the family, he had already lost his job as a Civil Security Force member and toiling with hostile land was the only option he and his wife had.

A dancer-cum-super model to be

But Pramodhya thinks otherwise. She believes that she could become a professional sportswoman while keeping her aesthetic talents as a hobby to enjoy and entertain others. So, she thinks studying in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, (formerly known as Kalinga) – the Sports Capital of India – will change her fate and that of her family. With the invitation already extended to her from Odisha, India, she is very keen to go there after her high school finals and become a sport star. She wants to learn the discipline academically in a university in Odisha so that she could be a coach one day once she retires from competitive sports. She dreams to start a sports academy for the young children who do not get the opportunities she is to get and groom them as professional sportsmen and women.

Pramodhya in action

Pramodhya is of the view that a lasting link between Kalinga, her ancestral patriarchy and Sri Lanka would mutually benefit as cultural, touristic, aesthetic and sporting arenas of the two states could be taken to a new level of solidarity at a time the Indo-Lanka relationships were strained due to political reasons beyond her control. She believes sports can do wonders and make great friends.

Pramodhya, the Karate Kid

Pramodhya Umayangani

Pramodhya Umayangani

Pramodhya Umayangani is a charming girl who is friendly towards everyone at the Horizon Lanka Academy. Already, at the young age of 12, she has won a few medals for her outstanding performances in karate tournaments.  Last year Pramodhya went to Kerala, India where she finished second among the competitors from five different nations, earning her a silver medal. This year she was invited to a karate championship in Mumbai , but was unable to take part due to the expenses required.

Pramodhya is the second daughter of three siblings. Her family lives in Mahawilachchiya where wild elephants are regular visitors to their farm. Each time they wander onto the farm they destroy the young coconut plants. Recent droughts caused her father to abandon the farmland and become a daily laborer in the city. Her mother Yamuna still finds time to tend to the farm even while looking after her one-year and half old baby boy.

Pramodhya is a talented dancer, equally strong in both traditional and free style dancing. Each time when Horizon Lanka organizes a farewell party for a foreign volunteer Pramodhya does her best performance, while her mother Yamuna looks after costumes and refreshments for the audience. Pramodhya also attends a traditional dancing class held three days each week at her house. They have a very good dancing team which performs in peraheras (cultural processions) festivals and other public events taking place in the village.

This Karate Kid is a regular student at Horizon Lanka. She is an intelligent and dedicated student that excels in her computers, English and dancing studies. She can be found working happily with her peers. She is an asset to Horizon Lanka as her family is extremely dedicated to Horizon and its mission.

Even with her all extracurricular activities, Pramodhya still records high marks in her public school term tests. She dreams of becoming a gymnastics teacher.

“I love dancing, martial arts and gymnastic so that I could keep my body fit and healthy,” says an excited Pramodhya. It would be great if you can help her realizing her dream.

Pramodhya Umayangani with her medals
Pramodhya Umayangani with her medals

Pramodhya Umayangani's medals
Pramodhya Umayangani’s medals

Pramodhya Umayangani at a training session
Pramodhya Umayangani at a training session

Pramodhya Umayangani in Kerala India with her freinds
Pramodhya Umayangani in Kerala India with her freinds

Pramodhya Umayangani with a badminton racket
Pramodhya Umayangani with a badminton racket

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Pramodhya Umayangani while dancing.